Eye Diseases among Women Engaged in Local Extraction of Palm Kernel Oil in the Kumasi Metropolis

  • Ben Kumah D
  • Aikins S
  • Owusu Ansah A
  • et al.
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The study aimed to determine the prevalence of eye diseases among women engaged in the local extraction of palm kernel oil in the Kumasi Metropolis. A cross-sectional study was carried out in five women groups purposively sampled. A total of 150 women were sampled. History taken from the women included participants’ demographics and ocular and occupational history. Ocular examination included visual acuity and ophthalmoscopy. The Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) version 17.0 was used to analyze the data. Descriptive statistics and Chi-square test were employed. A total of 150 women aged from 17 to 84 years were examined. The prevalence of eye diseases was 56.0%. The ocular disease with the highest prevalence was pterygium (34.0%), followed by cataract and pinguecula (20.0% each). The study revealed a high ocular morbidity rate. Regular eye examination and education are recommended for these women since they are exposed to several risk factors which play important roles in ocular morbidities.




Ben Kumah, D., Aikins, S., Owusu Ansah, A., Akuffo, K. O., & Appenteng Osae, E. (2014). Eye Diseases among Women Engaged in Local Extraction of Palm Kernel Oil in the Kumasi Metropolis. Epidemiology Research International, 2014, 1–5. https://doi.org/10.1155/2014/516183

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